MUNCIE, Ind., Nov. 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Three products manufactured by Verallia North America were recently honored by the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) as winners of the trade association's 2012 Clear Choice Awards. The awards program recognizes achievements over the past year in creating innovative glass packages with shelf impact. Entries were judged on innovation, package design (including container label and closure), and consumer appeal.
Glass containers manufactured by Verallia North America won three of the eight glass packaging award categories, including beer, wine and distilled spirits. The winning consumer products include Anheuser-Busch InBev's Bud Light Platinum beer bottles, Jackson Family Wines' WindRacer 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir wine bottles and Pernod-Ricard's Frïs Vodka spirits bottles.
The panel of judges included a packaging design expert from Michigan State University, a reporter from a beverage industry trade publication and a manager of a Trader Joe's store.
"The entries for this year's Clear Choice Awards showcased a trend in the artistry and value-add that glass packaging provides to the consumer," said Lynn Bragg, President of the GPI." "Nothing communicates purity, quality and value to consumers like a well-designed glass package."
This year's winners typify why so many high-end products are packaged in glass. Numerous food, beverage and fragrance companies recognize that glass is the optimal packaging choice because it preserves the integrity of their products, while also being 100% and endlessly recyclable.
The 2012 Clear Choice Awards winners receive benefit from industry-wide recognition and brand-building promotion. The winning products were also on display at PACK EXPO, a leading industry trade show in Chicago.
Images of the winning products manufactured by Verallia North America can be found at www.GPI.org.
On behalf of the North American glass container manufacturers, the Glass Packaging Institute promotes glass as the optimal packaging choice, advances environmental and recycling policies, advocates industry standards and educates packaging professionals. GPI member companies manufacture glass containers for food, beverage, cosmetic and many other products. GPI associate members represent a broad range of suppliers to the industry.
About Verallia North America
Verallia North America, one of the leading glass container manufacturers in the United States, designs, develops and produces glass bottles and jars for the wine, beer, beverage, spirits and food container markets. Verallia North America operates 13 plants and a state-of-the-art distribution center. For more information: www.us.verallia.com
Verallia, the second largest global manufacturer of glass containers for the food and beverage industry, provides innovative, customized and eco-conscious solutions for approximately 10,000 customers worldwide. Verallia manufactured approximately 25 billion glass bottles and jars in 2011. Verallia's business model is built upon the combination of the strength of its worldwide network (industrial presence in 14 countries, commercial presence in 47 countries, and six R&D and innovation centers) and the proximity maintained with customers by its approximately 15,500 employees. In 2011, Verallia had net sales of 3.6 billion Euros. For more information: www.verallia.com.
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